Quick Update

Just wanted to update, and let anyone that might be reading this (probably a whole two people), that if all goes well, I should have a write up of Sonic Generations up soon. I love playing the old sonic’s on the old genesis, (my favorite is playing through sonic 2 with knuckles), and hopefully the classic sonic relives some of that. I’ve heard good things about Sonic’s newest foray, and maybe, the sonic cycle can be broken? 

 

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Currently Playing Week 2

A quick update of my currently playing. A bit lacking this week as I try to finish up games to be ready for the Skyrim release.

  1. Duke Nukem Forever – I am having a love / hate relationship with this game…
  2. Orcs Must Die – Still. Playing. Must. Have … 5 SKULLS on HARD!
  3. Skyrim – Coming out this weekend. Expecting heavy playtime starting late this weekend.
Last Week’s Status:

  1. Trine – Beat. Amazing game. A definite must buy, especially when played co-op.
  2. Stronghold 3 – Pretty fun, but I couldn’t really get into it. Not recommended if you aren’t into simulators. If you really want to be a king and rule over your kingdom, I’d say wait until a sale. If not, steer clear.
  3.  Tropico 4 – Although I love this game, it is more of the same. Nothing extreme to separate it from previous titles in the same series. Verdict: If you are the fan of the series, buy it. If you are not, wait for the steam sales.

I am going to start posting a currently playing every Wednesday. As I pick which games I play over the weekend normally by then.
Check back for more later!
Cheers!
Hara 

The Binding of Isaac

How often do you play a game where you get to kill your own mother? Actually don’t answer that. The Binding of Isaac  is a game that kind of confuses me. When you first start the game up you get a short story that sets up the scene, and at first glance you might think it just a simple zelda clone, (albiet a clone that only managed to copy the dungeons.) The Screen below is the first you will see upon entering a game. All rooms are randomized, and as such,every time you step into a game it will be different.

Yes, your arrows are your own tears.

It teaches you all the important things, like walking, attacking, bombing, and item-ing. Isaac is the first character you have access to, and as you play you manage to unlock more characters. This game is quite difficult though. It’s one of those if you die start all over kind of games. Count on dying. Other similar zelda-esque attributes include a store, and rooms dedicated to items that make you cooler.

A Phd for just 15 cents? Why am I paying so much for college...

I'm not sure what a rosary upgrades

Now the game isn’t very long per say, but you’ll probably be playing it for a while. Lots of stuff to collect, bosses to fight, etc etc. You can pick up the game now in the current humble bundle, 5.02 is what you’d have to pay at the time of writing this post in order to get The Binding of Isaac, Voxatron Alpha, and Blocks that matter, or you can just pick it up on steam for 5 bucks. Either way, it’s a steal at that price.

Civilizations IV Game Night

I have always loved Sid Meiers games (Civilization, Pirates!Alpha Centauri) and any chance I get to play a short ( sarcasm; it took 6 hours) game of Civ4 with some good friends I jump at. Civilizations is a strategy turn based game that kinda plays like a game of risk; very slow placed with a very big table top game feel.

We found Civ4 CDs at the local Goodwill for $5 bucks and couldn’t pass up the deal of playing this old classic.If you can find this game out there for that cheap (steam has it on sale a lot) and have a couple friends to kill some time with it is a definite buy. 

I played a 6player FFA on the Balanced map. Although half of the “players” were bots. I tried to have a pacifist approach this game, but my allies soon dragged me into a war against Russia. As you can see from the screens, I successfully took Moscow in a 30 year siege. I then was taken over by China and had to become their vassal state. We ended up winning the game though.

Some screenshots below. Ignore the sophomoric city names, lol. (I run it in windowed mode to keep myself busy between turns.) 

 

Expect a new project coming up this weekend or early next week.

Cheers!

Hara 

Trine

This little indie game has taken up so much of my time… I had to force myself off of it so that I could write this quick post. I am about half way through the game and I am loving the cleverness of the game.

Most of the game revolves around solving physics based puzzles by using the three characters: a knight who can punt around objects; a wizard who can levitate and conjure objects; and a thief who can swing around on her grappling hook. Following a pretty interesting story about three artifacts (one of which is called the Trine) and a collapsed kingdom*. Which makes the game feel like you are playing through an old fantasy tale.

*Oh, and there are skeletons… lots and lots and lots of evil undead skeletons…

My favorite thing about the game so far is the levels themselves. The background and design just look amazing.
OH ITS A SNAKE!
The Thief (She is my favorite) lighting some torches with fire arrows

FIRE

The Warrior pounding in some skulls
Get it? Skulls!
The wizard moving boxes

Hes useful when you are moving.

All of Hara's Trine screenshots are viewable in original size HERE.


More to come as I finish the game.
Cheers!
Hara

Dead Island

Today a friend of mine and I played a bit of Dead Island. First things first, this game isn’t really for everyone. Plenty of obnoxious quests that have you driving in these God awful vehicles, (unless you want to walk across the island for 30 minutes). With a friend though, is a different story. I can almost say that if you aren’t playing it with someone else, it isn’t really worth playing. It’s not really fair to judge the game on a single player only basis because, to be honest, it really shouldn’t be played that way. I’d say wait around till Black Friday when it’s cheap, and you and a couple friends play through it. I’m sure you’ll have a blast.